Houston, we have a hurricane

Bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Rita, now a cat five and the 9th 'cane of this dangerous and deadly storm season, NASA this afternoon closed Johnson Space Center, home of Mission Control in Houston, less than 50 miles from Galveston and the Texas Gulf Coast.

JSC spokesman James Hartsfield reported NASA handed off primary control of the International Space Station to the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow until Rita passed.

Update: Just thinking back on the havoc caused by Tropical Storm Allison in southeast Texas in 2001. Records show Allison as "the costliest natural disaster in Houston's history." There's a record nobody wishes to break.

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